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Frequently asked questions

Are scholarships only available to the students with the highest entry ranks (OP / SR / ATAR)?

No, a common misconception is that scholarships are only available for students with very high academic grades. While some scholarships are based on academic merit, most focus on other criteria such as course of study, home location, community engagement or low personal or family income.

How do I apply?

An online application form is available for the majority of our scholarships. Separate links for both the current and future student application forms are available within the “How to apply” section of each scholarship listed on our scholarships webpage.

Where the online application form is not available, a link to a hard copy application form will be listed. The preferred method for you to submit your scholarship application is via email. This ensures that you have proof of submitting your application, as well as an electronic copy for future reference. Email your application to scholarships@cqu.edu.au.

Providing correct supporting documentation and successfully completing all fields of the application is very important. This ensures effective and timely assessment of your application. Further information may be required to assess your application. These requests will be communicated direct to student email accounts (current students) or nominated email accounts for future/prospective students who are not yet enrolled. You will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of your scholarship application as soon as possible.

Can I apply for more than one Scholarship?

Yes, students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships that they may be eligible for. If students are successful in their applications and offered multiple scholarships, they may be required to choose which scholarship offer they prefer. Some scholarship guidelines prohibit students from holding multiple scholarships at the same time. Please refer to individual scholarship guidelines for more information.

Can I apply for a scholarship before I have received my offer for a place at University?

Yes, we encourage future CQUniversity students to apply for scholarships prior to being offered a place at CQUniversity. This can be done by using the future/prospective student online application form.

Who do I contact if I have a query about my scholarship after it's been awarded?

All enquiries regarding CQUniversity Scholarships should be directed to the Student Life and Wellbeing Centre; call 13 27 86 or email scholarships@cqu.edu.au.

When will my CQUniversity Scholarship be paid?

CQUniversity Scholarships are paid following final eligibility checks after Census date of the term. Payments are generally released to students during Week 6 of Term 1 & 2.

Scholarships that include non-monetary components will be provided as outlined in the scholarship's guidelines.

If you are in receipt of a scholarship with a monetary component you will receive remittance advice via email to your student email account once payment has occurred. The date funds become available will depend on your nominated financial institution.

Is my scholarship considered taxable income?

Click here for the latest advice from the Australian Taxation Office.

Will my scholarship affect my Centrelink payment?

If you are in receipt of a Centrelink payment you should notify Centrelink of receiving a scholarship.

In most cases receiving a scholarship will not affect your Centrelink payments.

For further information about the impact of your Equity or merit-based scholarship on your Centrelink payment, click here.

What happens if I don't pass my units when I am in receipt of a scholarship?

Most scholarships include ongoing eligibility requirements specifying that you need to pass your units or that you need to maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 each term.

If you have encountered unexpected hardship or exceptional circumstances that have impacted your studies during the term (after Census date), you are strongly encouraged to consider applying for a Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty. Unexpected and extenuating circumstances may be taken into consideration in evaluating your ongoing eligibility to continue your scholarship.

If you have not passed, please contact the Student Life and Wellbeing Centre as soon as possible to discuss your options; call 13 27 86 or email scholarships@cqu.edu.au.

What is a Centrelink Income Statement and how do I obtain one?

A Centrelink Income Statement is a unique document that is used to assess your eligibility for all Equity scholarships.

You can obtain your Centrelink Income Statement in the following ways:

Click here for an example of a Centrelink Income Statement.

What is a scholarship personal statement?

A personal statement is a brief personal summary. Not to be confused with a written submission which addresses the selection criteria, a personal statement gives the reader a snapshot of why you are applying for the scholarship. Depending on the scholarship you are applying for, your statement can entail your personal and financial situation, achievements, your goals and ambitions or any extenuating circumstances you are experiencing. It also provides you with a place to include any necessary information you feel is important for your application. Your personal statement helps you to stand out in the crowd!

Tip: Refer back to the scholarship eligibility criteria for guidance on what to include in your personal statement

Who can I use as my scholarship Referee?

Some Scholarship Guidelines request applicants to supply referee contact information. A referee is someone who would recommend you to others and is supportive of your scholarship application. This maybe someone who you know through your studies, work history, involvement in volunteer, church or sporting interests or in your personal life (who is not a family relative).

We encourage students to consider which referee may be the most appropriate for the scholarship they are applying for, with reference to the purpose of the scholarship and who it is funded by. For example:

  • a scholarship from a corporate donor that includes paid work or work experience - it may be more suitable to have employer and academic referees
  • a scholarship offered by a charitable community organisation may be more interested in references from volunteer activities and academic/work/staff